Monday, March 12, 2012

One Out Of Every Ten Wall Street Employees Is A Psychopath, Say Researchers

Maybe Patrick Bateman wasn't such an outlier.

One out of every 10 Wall Street employees is likely a clinical psychopath, writes journalist Sherree DeCovny in an upcoming issue of the trade publication CFA Magazine (subscription required). In the general population the rate is closer to one percent.

"A financial psychopath can present as a perfect well-rounded job candidate, CEO, manager, co-worker, and team member because their destructive characteristics are practically invisible," writes DeCovny, who pulls together research from several psychologists for her story, which helpfully suggests that financial firms carefully screen out extreme psychopaths in hiring.

To be sure, typical psychopathic behavior runs the gamut. At the extreme end is Bateman, portrayed by Christian Bale, in the 2000 movie "American Psycho," as an investment banker who actually kills people and exhibits no remorse. When health professionals talk about "psychopaths," they have a broader range of behavior in mind. Read more.....


  1. Endless bailouts for psychos, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.

    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like "America Deceived II".

    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.

    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.

    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.

    Last link of "America Deceived II" before it is completely banned:

  2. What the percentage of psychos in Congress, 90%?

  3. Yup. Watch how a banker psychopath plays Monopoly.

  4. You're wrong! 99 out of a hundred Wall St Employees are!

  5. I worked on wallstreet and there were many days were people threatened to kill everyone at the firm. Many days traders were threatening to jump out the windows and kill themselves. I left wallstreet ten years ago and i'm glad i did. i was a stock trader. Now i believe in investing in precious metals.

  6. I wonder if the people on wall-street are psychos or if the job leads to people being psychos. It's really stressful working at one of those firms. It's like dog eat dog, very vulturistic. People don't act human - they are reptilian types. (David Icke is right)

  7. After reading some nice stuff in your article I really feel speechlessstreet teams


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